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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Legislature accepts funds to improve infrastructure

I believe that one way that we can move our county forward is by improving our infrastructure. At our May legislative session we authorized funding to improve our highways and bridges, we accepted grant funding to continue the development of the Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, and we refinanced some outstanding bonds at a lower interest rate.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Buy local this season to support our community

Here in Onondaga County, agriculture is a vital part of our community and a cornerstone of our economy. I’ve been working hard to support our state’s dedicated farmers and ensure they have the resources they need to thrive, but there’s more that can be done. By shopping at our local farmers markets this season, you can do your part to strengthen our economy and bring home fresh, healthy products for you and your family.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Honor our heroes in uniform this Memorial Day

Each year, we look forward to Memorial Day as a sign of summer and warmer weather. But as we prepare for barbecues and backyard parties, it’s also important for us to remember the true reason for the holiday: to honor and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives defending our nation’s freedom and to recognize the sacrifices of the brave men and women still abroad.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Meetings give residents the opportunity to voice concerns

As your representative in the state assembly, my top priority has always been to stand up for the issues that matter most to families here in Central New York. That’s why I fought for a state budget that will help strengthen our local economy and invest in our schools — but there’s still more that can be done. Together, we can make our communities stronger. I encourage you to get involved in the legislative process and make your voice heard.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: We must do more for victims of domestic violence

As a husband and father, hearing stories about incidents of domestic violence truly breaks my heart. No one should have to suffer such abuse. As we take steps to prevent these crimes from happening, we should also fight for the rights of those who have been victimized.

GUEST COLUMN: Make homes safer with sprinkler systems

“Seven Children Die in Brooklyn Fire…” A recent headline like so many others printed too often each year. It happens in the biggest cities and the smallest towns. In 2013, according to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated 1,240,000 fires. These fires resulted in 3,420 civilian fatalities, almost 16,000 injuries and an estimated $11.5 billion in property loss — 85 percent of these fire fatalities were in the home.

Nancy harmonizes with Hammond B-3

Thirty years ago, Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Famer Nancy Kelly honed her vocals accompanied by a variety of Hammond organists at Jewel’s, a salt-and-mostly-pepper nightclub on Philadelphia’s Broad Street. When she returned to CNY, she worked more often with pianists. One of them was Dino Losito.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Community Development offers many programs

Have you ever wondered just what Onondaga County’s Division of Community Development does? This department offers some of the most visible programs and projects in the county.

From the state senate: Support Cell Phones for Soldiers

I have kicked off my seventh-annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive to help our soldiers serving overseas stay connected with their loved ones back home, especially during the holidays. You can support this important cause by donating your gently-used mobile phones to any of my designated collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the city of Auburn. 

On the campaign trail: Mahoney endorses Katko

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko has received the backing of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

On the campaign trail: DeJoseph will have a ballot line

Judge Brian DeJoseph has earned the Conservative Party nomination in his bid for reelection to the New York State Supreme Court. DeJoseph’s name will appear on Row C this year along with other highly qualified Conservative candidates. This position will appear on ballots in Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Herkimer counties.

An introduction from the new editor

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The past two weeks have been a transitional period at the Eagle Bulletin, as we said goodbye to previous editor Allie Wenner, I started taking over the reins at EB — while also continuing my work as editor of the Cazenovia Republican — while we at Eagle Newspapers worked to hire a full-time reporter to assist me on both newspapers. This is a new editorial configuration for us, having one editor and one reporter work together on two newspapers, but one we feel will generate better newspapers as we move forward.

On the campaign trail: Maffei agrees to debates

During the 2012 season, Rep. Dan Maffei participated in just two debate. He's upping that number this time around. The Democratic incumbent running for the 24th Congressional District has announced a series of debates and joint appearances with Republican challenger John Katko. Four debates will be televised by local stations, and two will be broadcast on public radio.

Should town clerk be appointed or elected?

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This question will be voted on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the DeWitt Town Hall by the residents of DeWitt. If you want to vote come to town hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and cast your ballot on “yes” to change the town clerk position to appointed or “no” to keep it as an elected position every two years. I am writing this letter to help clarify so when you vote you are voting on facts and not scare tactics.

On the campaign trail: First responders endorse Maffei

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) announced last week that he had earned the endorsement of local public safety officials in his campaign to keep his seat in the 24th Congressional District. Several first responders joined Maffei at a press conference to announce their support for the incumbent, who is running against former federal prosecutor John Katko of Camillus.

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